This Instant Pot Chicken Breast comes out tender, juicy and flavorful every time. Pressure cooker chicken breasts cook within minutes with simple spices. You can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes!
This Instant Pot chicken breast is my go-to just like Instant Pot frozen chicken and baked chicken breast. So easy and so good! For more life saving dinners, check out all healthy Instant Pot recipes I have on the blog.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Breast
Instant Pot chicken breast is very hard to screw up. Trust me. After an ongoing love affair with my Instant Pot, I can assure you cooking chicken breast in Instant Pot is easier than you think. Because food cooked under pressure retains its moisture so well. Even dry white meat like chicken breast.
If you are new to pressure cooking, check out my Instant Pot guide. It explains what happens, why and how to avoid failures. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet but are thinking about buying one, I explain which Instant Pot to buy in my humble opinion.
I don’t do meal prep “meal pep”. Instead I love using my Instant Pot to cook all the basics to use over next few days in different recipes. Quinoa, brown rice, chickpeas, black beans and eggs. And chicken breast is one of them.
Just so simple, easy and healthy! From fresh or frozen. It’s crazy, I know!
- Chicken breasts
- Garlic powder
- Salt and pepper
That’s it! Honestly, when I am “lazy” it’s only chicken breasts. Yes!
How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in Instant Pot?
10 minutes. Cook fresh boneless chicken breast of any size for 10 minutes. Honestly, even chicken breast with bone in will take same amount of time. 6 oz or 10 oz – doesn’t matter. I’m telling you, Instant Pot chicken breast recipe is super forgiving and is “for dummies”. It is foolproof and very-very hard to screw up.
How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breast
15 minutes. There is only one super important thing you need to know about cooking frozen chicken breasts in your pressure cooker – separate them! If you add a blob of frozen chicken breasts, you will end up with raw meat inside and overcooked chicken outside.
Tip: I line fresh breasts with parchment paper before freezing. Then thaw in cold water just long enough to separate and get cooking.
Uses for Cooked Chicken Breast
Before we go onto uses for cooked chicken breast major tip – save that broth on the bottom of the pot for making soups. It is basically free chicken broth.:)
- Shred it with 2 forks, refrigerate and use to make chicken tostadas, healthy chicken salad or Thai chicken salad. Easy!
- Salads to add chicken to: kale and quinoa salad, healthy cobb salad, black bean mango salad, Greek salad, healthy taco salad.
- Soups to add chicken to: Instant Pot lentil soup, vegetable soup and green split pea soup.
- Sides like veggies for low carb meal: baked butternut squash, roasted or broiled asparagus, Instant Pot corn on the cob and Parmesan zucchini sticks.
- Refrigerate whole or cubed and use throughout the week as a meal prep.
- Entertaining? Make cucumber appetizer bites.
Chicken is such a versatile meat. Chances are you will not run out of ideas what to do with cooked chicken breast.
I swear this is all you have to know! Go get that Instant Pot out of the box and start cooking. If you don’t do it now, you will do it later and cry why you didn’t do it before.:)
More Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes
- Instant Pot chicken and rice that we make every month!
- Instant Pot chicken and potatoes everyone will love, trust me!
- Instant Pot chicken tacos come together in one pot.
- Instant Pot teriyaki chicken – better than takeout.
- And check out over 30 other healthy Instant Pot recipes.
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Instant Pot Chicken Breast
Fresh or frozen Instant Pot Chicken Breast that is juicy, tender and flavorful with simple ingredients.
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 17 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Instant Pot
- Cuisine: North American
- 3 lbs boneless chicken breasts, fresh or frozen*
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- To the Instant Pot, add water and place trivet with handles inside. Lay chicken breasts in a single layer (if using frozen make sure they are separated) and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss to coat evenly with tongs or hands.
- Close the lid, set pressure vent to Sealing and press Pressure Cooking on High for 10 minutes for fresh or 15 minutes for frozen chicken breasts. Display will say ON, Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure, you will see a bit of steam coming out from a valve, then float valve will rise and countdown will begin.
- After 10-15 minutes your chicken is ready, Instant Pot will beep and display will say OFF. Wait 5 minutes and do Quick Release by turning sealing valve to Venting position.
- Open the lid and your chicken breasts are ready for meal prep, casseroles, salads etc. Shred or cube, and save the stock at the bottom for soup.
Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Freeze: Fully cook, cool completely and freeze in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in a fridge or on a counter.
*If using frozen chicken breasts make sure they are separated. Think about it before freezing a whole tray, separate them with parchment paper.
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